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Season 1 - Episode 109

click for larger image Follow the Journey of a Dance as two dance forms, Indian Kathak and Spanish Flamenco, share the stage in Baton Rouge; a work of art celebrating the cartoons of Billy Ireland is installed at the cartoon library and museum at Ohio State University that bears his name; traditional photography combines with digital media as artist Tony Carosella creates interactive portraits; and the top quilts in the world are works of art at Houston’s International Quilt Festival. Skilled wooden boat builders have developed watercraft to fill the specific needs of those living along the bayous and waterways of south Louisiana. These traditional designs are featured as a Louisiana Treasure.

Season 1 - Episode 108

click for larger image Frank Thompson is a multi-talented Louisiana craftsman who concentrates today on modern, fused glass and metal artwork; in Ohio, an installation artist enhances a building with mirrors to create an exciting workspace; ceramic artist, Sara Swink, uses her inner child and psyche to create compelling characters in clay; and an architect who designed living quarters on NASA space craft turns his knowledge to an Earth bound vehicle for exploration. Authentic Cajun homes and buildings have been preserved and moved to a site in Lafayette that comprises the Louisiana Treasure called Acadian Village.

Season 1 - Episode 107

click for larger image Louisiana potter Ken Tracy produces his signature cobalt blue vessels by drawing and carving into them beautiful botanic designs; artist Johnathan Wolfe finds inspiration in fractals, mirroring patterns in nature; “I Love Lucy” is a new stage adaptation in Boston, and we meet the actress taking on the role of Lucy Ricardo; and we’ll learn how you go about cleaning a 17th century tapestry. The Impressionist artist Edgar Degas spent some time painting in New Orleans, and we’ll visit the beautifully preserved home where he was housed during his stay, a Louisiana Treasure now known as The Degas House.

Season 1 - Episode 106

click for larger image Louisiana artist T. J. Black combines traditional archetypes with bold color for a fresh and modern interpretation on canvas; a California photographer engages in urban exploration to capture her haunting images of the past; In Detroit, The Third Coast Kings bring motown’s funk music to a new generation; and we’ll see how “Scrapdaddy” takes other peoples junk and creates magical mechanical beasts. Zydeco music is a genre that originated in our state, and we hear a sampling of the style in our Louisiana Treasures segment.

Season 1 - Episode 105

click for larger image Ponchatoula painter and art teacher Kim Zabbia shares her “No Fear Process”; amazing costumes are created for young and old to participate in this creative space at the Columbus Museum of Art; a photographer and a journalist capture the struggles of the homeless in Las Vegas; and a carousel in Boston features area wildlife as selected by children. The Coushatta Indian tribe is known for their Long-Leaf Pine Needle Baskets which are featured as a Louisiana Treasure this week.

Season 1 - Episode 104

click for larger image Folk Artist Hank Holland has created a vibrant world in his Louisiana landscapes, where the church and all its angels coexist with adults in the dance hall , critters in the swamp, and playful kids in treehouses espousing love and harmony. We’ll also take a look at a major show on surrealist Rene Magritte currently touring the country; be amazed by painter and entertainer Dan Dunn, the 5-minute artist; and see how glassblower Michelle Kaptur captures the spiritual in her signature pieces called “soulbursts.” In the town of Eunice, a Louisiana Treasure was saved from destruction and proudly continues to serve the community – we’ll visit The Liberty Theatre.

Season 1 - Episode 103

click for larger image Artist Hunt Slonem divides his time between his New York studio and the south Louisiana countryside. His skillful use of color and collection of Victorian antiques are evident at Albania, his plantation home outside of Jeanerette, where we met to discuss his latest works. In this episode we’ll also take a tour through a Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix to appreciate the recently installed glass artwork by Dale Chihuly; the Orlando Philharmonic brings classical music to local elementary schools; and a young musician finds that playing music helps him through hard times. We’ll explore the Rural Life Museum and discover what a Louisiana Treasure we have there.

Season 1 - Episode 102

click for larger image LPB Producer Tika Laudun interviews Publisher Frank Eakin and Acadamy Award-winning actor Louis Gosset, Jr. about the 1853 memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave.” Without the work of Dr. Sue Eakin, the compelling true story might have slipped into obscurity. Albuquerque printmaker Ray Maseman’s inventive crew of animal characters comes from dreams, myths and children’s stories. Maseman discusses the role of the penguin, the giraffe, and other archetypes in his clever drawings. We’ll hear the music of an Ohio-based indie band, Dave Buker and the Historians; and in our Louisiana Treasures segment, we’ll explain how the architecture of shotgun houses came to New Orleans.

Season 1 - Episode 101

click for larger image Composer and musician Don Vappie performs original tunes with a jazz quartet live in LPB’s studios. Texas artist Dixie Friend Gay brings the calming influence of nature into the Dallas and Houston airports with her large scale mosaics. The Colorado Ballet performs a challenging contemporary dance project that expresses artistically the human anguish of the Holocaust. New York artist Richard Birkett has been turning trash into treasure for 30 years with his quirky “fantasy clocks.” We examine a Louisiana Treasure that is Newcomb Pottery.
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